Product streamlines nucleic acid extraction

Lab supplier Alpha Laboratories has partnered with London-based ProtonDx to launch SmartLid, a magnetic key and lid system that streamlines the nucleic acid extraction process.

The solution is designed for rapid and efficient viral DNA/RNA extraction and simplifies the three crucial sample extraction steps - lysis, wash, and elution - offering an efficient way of handling nucleic acids in molecular biology applications. The companies argue that these innovative features provide scientists and researchers with a faster more eco-conscious solution for nucleic acid extraction than other products. 

The SmartLid advantage brings high yields of ultra-pure DNA/RNA for sensitive downstream processing and sets a new standard for speed in nucleic acid extraction efficiency. Powered by market-leading super-paramagnetic beads, it delivers ultra-fast extractions, generating eluted DNA/RNA from up to 12 samples in less than 10 minutes.

The SmartLid process requires no electricity, minimal pipetting, and only three simple steps. This ensures ease-of-use, making it accessible for professionals at all levels. Applications include PCR, RT-PCR, qPCR, RT-qPCR, LAMP, RT-LAMP, dPCR, RT-dPCR, and other amplification chemistries. Main sample types include cell-free or nearly cell-free liquid media such as VTM, eNAT, PBS, water, saliva, serum, plasma, urine, etc.

The product is also designed to minimise plastic waste, with cartons and paper inserts made from recycled content and being fully recyclable themselves. 


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